College football coaches group to St. Joseph for John Olmstead, New Jersey's tip recruit

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Woodbridge during St. Joseph football
iPhone video by Greg Tufaro

Some of a biggest names in college football, including Ohio State University’s Urban Meyer, have already finished their approach to St. Joseph High School to scrutinise in chairman about New Jersey’s tip partisan and one of a nation’s many heralded descent linemen.

The desired youth tackle is famous around campus simply as “Johnny O.” His jovial off-field inlet belies a persistence with that his 6-foot-6 and 305-pound support drives hostile linemen in a conflicting direction, or infrequently into a ground.

Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Pittsburgh’s Pat Narduzzi, Syracuse’s Dino Babers, Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck, Duke’s David Cutcliffe and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald are among a college mentors who have visited a scenic 70-acre Metuchen campus to speak to St. Joseph conduct manager Rich Hilliard about John Olmstead, who binds offers from 35 vital Division we programs with some-more on a way.

Long before he dynamic himself as a biggest male on campus given 7-foot NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns graduated from St. Joseph 4 years ago, Olmstead was merely a earthy citation personification on a beginner football team.

“I was tender from a commencement with his friendliness, with a approach he spoke to me and how he rubbed himself,” St. Joseph President Gregory Brandao pronounced of his initial assembly with Olmstead 3 years ago, desiring during a time that a soaring student-athlete had to be a senior. “I haven’t seen anything where he’s demonstrated anything reduction than sportsmanship or what we wish to see from a St. Joe’s guy. I’m unapproachable of what he’s finished and who he is and we know he’s going to do good wherever he goes next.”

The subsequent end for Olmstead, who has helped a Falcons post an 18-2 record over a past dual seasons, likely won’t be dynamic until December’s early National Letter of Intent signing period.

Olmstead was anticipating to be means to announce his college choice before a start of a arriving high propagandize football season, creation a nonbinding written joining after navigating his 5 central visits, that can be taken after Apr 1 underneath NCAA regulations, though as a grant offers continue to hurl in, he has decided, for now, to postpone that decision.

“I designed to written around May or June, though now with some-more schools entrance in, we don’t consider I’m going to be means to make a deadline,” Olmstead said. “I wanted to (commit earlier) though this has gotten crazy and we don’t wish to rush anything.”

Some of a schools from that Olmstead binds offers embody LSU, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, UCLA, Nebraska, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, Arkansas, Arizona, Missouri and Ole Miss. Olmstead’s bedroom is flooded with boxes superfluous with recruiting letters.

He is a many heavily recruited football actor from Middlesex County given quarterback Bryan Fortay, a 1989 East Brunswick High School connoisseur who signed with a University of Miami after being named a accord Parade Magazine, ESPN, Super Prep Magazine, Coca-Cola and National High School Coaches Association All-American as a senior.

The propagandize that wins Olmstead’s services won’t usually be removing a means lineman with distance 18 boots who passed rises some-more than 500 pounds, squats some-more than 400 pounds, benches 300 pounds and runs a five-second 40-yard lurch and a 1.65-second 10-yard split. They’ll also be removing a unusual tyro with a 4.1 grade-point normal who has an superb pedigree. Olmstead’s parents, Pat and John, both played college sports, with mom personification basketball and father personification football, while his 4 comparison sisters all played college lacrosse, dual during a Division we level.

Olmstead suspects he was holding a lacrosse hang before he was holding a rattle, observant that he played lacrosse for as prolonged as he can remember. Ray Lepski, a core propagandize gridiron manager in Olmstead’s local North Brunswick, assured him to come out for a football team.

The latest in a prolonged line of Division we linemen that St. Joseph, a fledgling module that usually finished a seventh varsity season, has produced, Olmstead has usually been personification football for 4 years (he was always too large to attend in Pop Warner). Former St. Joseph linemen Nick Krimin (Rutgers), Jethro Pepe (Delaware), Sean Mills (Illinois) and P.J. Barr (Bucknell) are all now grant players.

The Falcons amassed some-more than 3,400 yards from struggle final deteriorate with Olmstead paving a approach for using backs and providing air-tight insurance for his quarterback. He also starred on a line for a invulnerability that singular 16 opponents to a touchdown or reduction over a past dual years, during that St. Joseph won uninterrupted Greater Middlesex Conference White Division championships.

Olmstead played lacrosse as a beginner during St. Joseph though never came behind out for a group after he began to beget football grant offers following his sophomore deteriorate on a gridiron. Olmstead pronounced negotiable skills from lacrosse – including a physicality of a diversion and a lively compulsory to surpass – have helped him on a gridiron. Olmstead pronounced his training regimen, that includes operative out infrequently twice a day, including a slight that commences during 4 a.m., interfered with his ability to be a two-sport athlete.

“If we remove a day during a gym, someone else is removing improved than me,” Olmstead pronounced in reason of his relentless work ethic, that he hopes will eventually interpret into an NFL career.

Olmstead also has to find time to eat. He consumes 8 to 9 dishes daily, holding in between 8,000 and 9,000 calories per day.

When he needs a mangle from a rigors of recruiting, that embody college football fans reaching out to him on amicable media – especially those from Rutgers, where Olmstead final month finished his initial unaccepted visit – Olmstead pronounced he enjoys retreating to his family’s lake residence in Lake Wallenpaupack outward Scranton, Pa., to do some fishing.

A personality in a propagandize community, Olmstead has been constituent in a resurgence of a Falcon Flock, a St. Joseph tyro section, whose attendance at winter sporting events dwindled in new years, though have increasing exponentially with classmates following a instance of a large male on campus. He worked with Alyssa Davis, a school’s executive of communications, to delineate a devise to fill a stands during home and divided games.

Olmstead is always looking out for his football teammates, as well, creation certain Hilliard mentions some of a Falcons’ other tip players to college coaches who come to St. Joseph wanting to speak exclusively about a school’s large lineman.

“Every manager that comes in a building says this child has what we can’t teach,” Hilliard pronounced of Olmstead. “They usually can’t contend adequate good things about him. They notice his engine is using good past a line of scrimmage. He’s always looking serve down a line.”

Hilliard, who is reputation for bathing gifted linemen, including former Northwestern star Brandon Vitabile, who was a Rimington Trophy finalist as college football’s tip core before signing a agreement with a Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted giveaway agent, pronounced he is inexperienced to a seductiveness Olmstead is generating.

“This is a initial contestant that I’ve been around that has had so most attention,” Hilliard said. “He’s doing it improved than any immature male I’ve ever seen. He’s so well-grounded.”

Staff author Greg Tufaro: gtufaro@gannett.com

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